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Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith, and Just Love [Paperback]

By Herbert Anderson (Editor), Edward Foley (Editor), Bonnie Miller-McLemore (Editor), Robert Schreiter (Editor), Joel Anderson (Contributor), Jose Cabot (Editor) & Tim Ohr
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2003
Publisher   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN  0742531554  
EAN  9780742531550  

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Married and family life around the world has undergone a revolution in the last several decades: the radical democratization of intimacy in spousal and parent-child relationships. Previous principles of hierarchy, inequality, and duty that defined the relationships between husband, wife, and children have been challenged and often replaced by more fluid bonds of equality, intimacy, emotional self-disclosure, communication, and mutual trust. The key question that has emerged for our times, then, is how exactly do families sustain genuine mutuality, democracy, and strong relationships? Figuring out good answers to this question is the major theme of this book and the origin of the title Mutuality Matters. Three common strategies for creating just marriages have arisen: political and legal reform, smarter negotiating by women, and new cultural perceptions of marriage. While the authors in this book attend to all three strategies to different degrees, the primary focus is the third strategy: changing our cultural understanding of women and men in marriage. Moreover, to effect genuine cultural change, the authors recognize the need to enlist the help of religion as a key culture-forming element. Mutuality has become a common way for theologians from a variety of perspectives to talk about a more just love, a love that combines affection and justice. But many questions have been left unanswered: What exactly do people believe they have promised when they align themselves with Christian claims about love in their rituals of marriage and partnership? Do Christian views of love include the ideal of justice in marriage? Because accommodation or sacrifice is inevitable in any intimate human community, how can families insure that it will be mutual and just? How is marriage strengthened if justice is added to love at the core of mutuality? What does mutuality mean across time and distance, when participants are parents and children, when fathers are absent, when parents should be honored, or within a violent context? Is it possible to have democratic families without mutual sacrifice? Can submission be mutual? On these and other questions, the authors of this volume claim distinctive responsibility for rethinking Christian convictions about love and family life around the theme of mutuality and for strengthening the ministry of religious communities as those communities seek to empower and support families in their practice of mutuality. The essays written for this volume reflect the development of practical theology as one method for exploring the religious meanings of family and enhancing the practice of family living by 1) assuming that all theory has implications for practice and all practices are theory laden and 2) drawing into dialogue the knowledge and interpretations of a variety of perspectives including philosophy, biblical criticism, anthropology, liturgical studies, pastoral care, ethics, cross-cultural studies, and religious education. This collection of essays is noteworthy for both this interdisciplinary scope and its richly ecumenical representation.

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More About Herbert Anderson, Edward Foley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Robert Schreiter, Joel Anderson, Jose Cabot & Tim Ohr

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Edward Foley is Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and the founding director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a Capuchin-Franciscan and ordained Roman Catholic priest. An award winning author, he has produced more than twenty books, translated into multiple languages including From Age to Age and Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals with Herbert Anderson. A well-known speaker, he has taught in venues such as the University of Chicago and Notre Dame, presented in settings as diverse as the Mayo Clinic and the Houston Astro Dome, and lectured in over 60 Roman Catholic dioceses from India to the Philippines. He preaches and presides at Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago.

Edward Foley currently resides in the state of Illinois. Edward Foley has an academic affiliation as follows - Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois Ohio State University Oh.

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A Valuable, Diverse Collection  Jan 13, 2004
The editors reveal that Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith, and Just Love began as a festschrift in honor of Herbert Anderson. Although I often avoid festschrifts, this project evolved into a worthwhile volume. The book examines the topics of mutuality in marriage and family life and ways mutuality can be fostered through congregational life and ministry. Four of the sixteen chapters are revisions or adaptations of earlier works.

Mutuality Matters brings together a wide range of perspectives on the subjects. Experts in pastoral care, biblical studies, ethics, liturgy, religious education, theology, philosophy, and cultural anthropology all contribute chapters. The breadth of these contributors insures that any reader will find some new perspectives and ideas from reading the book. While each contributor writes from the depth of her or his own field of expertise, each piece is still widely accessible.

The chapter authors are Paul Wadell, Pauline Kleingeld, Don Browning, Carolyn Osiek, Herbert Anderson, Christine Neuger, Joel Anderson, K. Samuel Lee, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Pamela Couture, Dianne Bergant, Anthony Gittens, Homer Ashby, Gilbert Ostdiek, Thomas Groome, and James Poling.

Any religious leader or scholar interested in marriages and families founded on mutuality will find Mutuality Matters a highly relevant resource. Whether you are interested in theory or practice, this book has it all. However, only heterosexual relationships are explicitly considered, although the editors explain, "Many claims...about just love pertain to all families, regardless of sexual orientation." Several chapter authors do consider ethnic and cultural differences.

My only complaint about this otherwise outstanding volume is the poor copyediting. Typographical errors begin in the table of contents and continue throughout the book. Another glaring example of poor editing is that the introduction contains two very similar paragraph-length disclaimers about the omission of homosexual relationships. It seems like the book was rushed into production too quickly.


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